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Brain gymnastics - exercises for the mind

Very often during the working day we feel tired and lack of energy. A series of simple exercises will help improve brain function, increase your reaction time and make you smarter and therefore more self-confident. Brain Gym consists of very simple body movements that have been designed to achieve synchronized work of the two hemispheres of the brain.

The following are examples of basic brain gymnastics exercises. They are very simple and take only a few minutes. The more such exercises a person does, the more the brain reacts to them. However, there is another trick that will help improve brain function without exercise: you need to drink plenty of water, as it is very important for the development of the nervous network during training. Therefore, it is necessary that you have a bottle of water on your table that you will drink throughout the day.

Belly breathing

Place your hands on your stomach. Exhale air through your mouth in small portions as if you are blowing on a feather so that it does not fall to the ground until the air is completely out of the lungs.

Now take a deep breath, feel like a balloon (if you arch your back slightly, you can inhale more air).

Now exhale all the air slowly. Repeat the exercise, setting the natural rhythm (3 or more breaths).

This exercise improves the supply of oxygen to all areas of the body, relaxes the nervous system and increases energy levels. The exercise helps improve reading and speaking ability.

Brain Buttons

Place one hand on the navel. With the fingers of the other hand, find two hollows under the collarbone. Rub these areas thoroughly for 30 – 60 seconds from left to right.

Exercise stimulates the carotid artery, which supplies fresh oxygen to the brain, which helps improve reading, writing, speaking, and the ability to follow directions.

Needle Pump

Stand at arm's length from the wall, stretch your arms shoulder-width apart and rest them against the wall. Extend your left leg back so that the ball of your foot is on the floor and your heel is off the floor. Thus, your body is tilted at an angle of 45 degrees.

Exhale as you lean towards the wall, simultaneously bending your right knee and resting your left heel on the floor. Inhale and lift up, relaxing and lifting your left heel.

Exercise improves concentration, attention, understanding and allows you to perform any activity more efficiently.

Cook Clutch

Sit in a chair with your left ankle resting on your right knee. Grab your left ankle with your right hand and your right heel – left hand.

As you inhale, place your tongue under the palate about half a centimeter from your front teeth. Relax your tongue as you exhale. Close your eyes and sit in this position for 4–8 breaths.

Now place your feet on the floor. Touch the fingers of both hands as if holding a ball. With your eyes closed, continue to raise your tongue as you inhale and lower it as you exhale, relaxing in this position for 4 – 8 breaths.

Exercise establishes a connection between the two hemispheres of the brain and enhances the energy of the body, especially useful for office workers.


While standing, march in place, alternately touching the opposite knee with each hand. Continue for 4 – 8 full relaxed breaths.

Exercise helps improve reading, hearing, writing and memory, and coordinates the entire brain.

Earth Buttons

Place two fingers of one hand under your lower lip. Place the palm of the other hand on the navel, fingertips should look up. Look at the floor and breathe deeply. Moving only your eyes, slowly look from the floor to the ceiling and back. Repeat the exercise for three or more breaths, your body and eyes will relax.

Exercise stimulates the brain and reduces mental fatigue. It also helps to improve the ability to focus on close objects.


Sit on a chair opposite the table, put your forehead between your hands on the table. Exhale completely.

Now, slowly raising your head, inhale deeply, inhaling to the base of your spine. The torso and shoulders should remain relaxed. As you exhale, lower your chin to your chest and begin to move your head towards the table, stretching the back of your neck. As you relax, rest your head on the table and breathe deeply. Repeat three or more times.

Exercise keeps the back muscles in good shape, softens and relaxes the spine. It also improves posture and concentration, useful for people working at a desk or at a computer.

Energy Yawn

When you begin to yawn, lightly press the fingertips of each hand into the tight spots you feel when your cheeks cover your upper and lower molars.

Make a deep, relaxed yawn sound, releasing tension with ease. Repeat the exercise 3 or more times.

Exercise relaxes the jaw, relieves tension, stimulates and relaxes the eyes.

Earth conductor

In a standing position, place your feet one foot apart. The left foot looks forward, the right foot – to the right. Now, as you exhale, bend your right knee, keeping your left knee straight. Your body must face forward. Repeat the movement for three or more complete exhalations, then do the exercise in the opposite direction.

Exercise improves comprehension, short-term memory, self-expression and organizational skills.

Lazy Eights

Extend your arm in front of you, with your thumb facing the ceiling. Slowly draw the number 8 in the air.

As you draw the figure eight, focus on the thumb, the head should look up and forward and move only a little. Start following the octal, starting at eye level.

Draw three full eights with one hand, then with the other hand, and then with two clenched hands.

The exercise integrates both visual fields, improving balance and coordination.

Turns of the neck

Take a deep breath, relax your shoulders and tilt your head forward. Close your eyes and slowly and gently move your head from side to side. At any tense point, relax your head and describe small circles with your nose while breathing deeply. Make three or more full turns from side to side.

This exercise improves breathing, relaxes the vocal cords, improves thinking.

Positive points

Above the center of each brow and halfway to the hairline, find a small indentation. Place three fingers of each hand in the corresponding grooves. Close your eyes and hold the points, slightly pulling your forehead during 6-10 full inhalations and exhalations.

This exercise reduces emotional stress. Touching such points helps to more rationally respond to stressful situations.


Sit on a mat or towels on the floor with your knees bent and your feet together in front of you. Then bend back, shifting your weight onto your arms and thighs. Rock in small circles or back and forth to relieve tension in your hips.

Exercise improves the flow of cerebrospinal fluid to the brain, improving concentration and understanding.

Space Buttons

Place two fingers above your upper lip. Place your other hand on your lower back with your fingertips touching your tailbone. Inhale deeply and look at the ceiling. Gradually lower your gaze to the floor, and then again transfer it to the ceiling. Repeat the exercise three or more times.

Exercise increases alertness, focus, motivation and helps you make decisions.

Think of "X"

Close your eyes and think of the letter X. Feel that your vision is like X – Your eyes coordinate to connect the left, right, top and bottom visual fields around the focal point. Also feel the X-shape symmetry and organization of your body, the coordination of your shoulders and hips.

X improves brain-body coordination for easier thinking, communication and work.

Thought Hat

Place your hands on the tips of your ears and at the same time gently "unfold" the folded outer edges of both ears. Continue the exercise going down to the bottom of the ears. Repeat the exercise three or more times.

Exercise helps to suppress distracting noises, improve audibility, short-term memory and abstract thinking.

With the help of such simple exercises, you can significantly improve the functioning of the brain and body. Of course, some of them are problematic to do in the office in the middle of the working day. Therefore, the authors also developed a series of exercises called "seven minutes". This is a simple series of brain exercises to do every morning. As a result, you will feel better, your performance will increase. Also, this series of exercises can be used at any time.

Here is a list of required exercises:

  • breathing with your belly, 
  • brain buttons, 
  • cook clutch, 
  • positive points, 
  • march.


  • Comments (1)

    30 октября 2017, 21:00

    Спасибо, очень интересно.

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